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Waikiki in Honolulu in Honolulu County, Hawaii — Hawaiian Island Archipelago (Pacific Ocean)

Kuroda Field

Kuroda Field Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By J. J. Prats, October 24, 2008
1. Kuroda Field Marker
Inscription.  Named in honor of Staff Sergeant Robert T. Kuroda, 442nd Regimental Combat Team.

On 20 October 1944, during the battle of Bruyeres, France, Sergeant Kuroda led his squad in an attack against a strongly defended enemy position. He deployed his squad to cover his advance and personally destroyed two enemy gun positions before being struck by an enemy bullet. Sergeant Kuroda was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor.

Fort DeRussy was the home of the 100th Infantry Battalion, 442nd Infantry Regiment. Kuroda Field honors the memory of those brave soldiers.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, World II. In addition, it is included in the Medal of Honor Recipients series list. A significant historical date for this entry is October 20, 1944.
Location. 21° 16.953′ N, 157° 50.031′ W. Marker is in Honolulu, Hawaii, in Honolulu County. It is in Waikiki. Marker is at the intersection of Kalia Road and Maluhia Road, on the left when traveling south on Kalia Road. It is across from the entrance to the Hale Koa Hotel at Fort DeRussey. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Honolulu HI 96815, United States of America. Touch for directions.
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At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Kãlia Fishponds (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); “Brothers in Valor” Memorial (about 700 feet away); King David Kalākaua (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Story of Kālia (approx. 0.2 miles away); Kaha ha ʻlo me nā Makani (approx. 0.2 miles away); Fort DeRussy (approx. 0.2 miles away); Duke Kahanamoku (approx. ¼ mile away); U.S. Prefabricated Pill Box (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Honolulu.
Regarding Kuroda Field. Staff Sergeant Kuroda’s official Medal of Honor citation reads: “Staff Sergeant Robert T. Kuroda distinguished himself by extraordinary heroism in action, on 20 October 1944, near Bruyeres, France. Leading his men in an advance to destroy snipers and machine gun nests, Staff Sergeant Kuroda encountered heavy fire from enemy soldiers occupying a heavily wooded slope. Unable to pinpoint the hostile machine gun, he boldly made his way through heavy fire to the crest of the ridge. Once he located the machine gun, Staff Sergeant Kuroda advanced to a point within ten yards of the nest and killed three enemy gunners with grenades. He then fired clip after clip of rifle ammunition, killing or wounding at least three of the enemy.

“As he expended the last of his ammunition,
Robert T. Kuroda (1923–1944) image. Click for full size.
U.S. Army, via Wikimedia Collection
2. Robert T. Kuroda (1923–1944)
he observed that an American officer had been struck by a burst of fire from a hostile machine gun located on an adjacent hill. Rushing to the officer’s assistance, he found that the officer had been killed. Picking up the officer’s submachine gun, Staff Sergeant Kuroda advanced through continuous fire toward a second machine gun emplacement and destroyed the position. As he turned to fire upon additional enemy soldiers, he was killed by a sniper.

“Staff Sergeant Kuroda’s courageous actions and indomitable fighting spirit ensured the destruction of enemy resistance in the sector. Staff Sergeant Kuroda’s extraordinary heroism and devotion to duty are in keeping with the highest traditions of military service and reflect great credit on him, his unit, and the United States Army.”
Kuroda Field Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By J. J. Prats, October 24, 2008
3. Kuroda Field Marker
Kuroda Field image. Click for full size.
Photographed By J. J. Prats, October 24, 2008
4. Kuroda Field
Credits. This page was last revised on February 10, 2023. It was originally submitted on November 2, 2008, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. This page has been viewed 2,704 times since then and 123 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on November 2, 2008, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio.

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